First 200K of the year. Happy Valley to Buffalo Valley. 2nd time I have done this perm. Last time was last summer when I was fit and the days were warm.
On this day we had clear skies, but a headwind no matter which direction we rode, and a 30 deg. F. temperature rise.
I wanted to ride this permanent as a test of sorts. A test to see if I could ride the Eastern PA Rando’s Fleche on April 9th without suffering inordinately.
While I got through this ride ok, my conclusion is that, while I probably could survive it, I typically need more than just survival to strive for. The 200K was too difficult, and I certainly could not have kept going for another 100 miles after we stopped without suffering a decent amount.